The Bronx may be where hip-hop was created, but Brooklyn has always been a key influence in helping cultivate what rap fans have come to know as swag.
Home to arguably three of the top 10 MC’s of all-time — Big Daddy Kane, the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay Z — Brooklyn’s favorite sons have helped put the flavor and style of their native avenues and streets on display for the world to see, jump-starting an innumerable amount of trends. Looking fly and getting money may be the first two characteristics when you think of the prototypical spit-kicker from Brooklyn, but there is way more to everyday life in New York’s most populated borough than those talking points.
Affectionately dubbed “Medina” by die-hard Brooklynites, the borough is home to hard-scrabble neighborhoods and some of the most blue-collar residents you could find in America. The people that live there do enjoy the finer things in life, but the surrounding terrain is anything but lavish and is nothing sweet. Motto’s like “Do or Die” and “Never Ran, Never Will” aptly describe the mentality of Brooklyn inhabitants on the other side of the gentrification epidemic currently transforming it’s neighborhoods.